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Reaching postmodern children

(1 Chronicles 12, 32)

1. What is different about the time our children live in?

The postmodern generation assume that ‘every point of view is a view from a point.’ To some extent, that is true. We often tend to see things only from our perspective. The postmodern generation has a healthy skepticism regarding modernism’s analytical rationality and previous claims of knowledge and certainty.

2. Three models of thinking:

2.1 Theocentrism
2.2 Modernism
2.3 Postmodernism

3. Presenting the Gospel to the postmodern generation

We need to broaden what we understand by evangelism.
Postmoderns are not receptive to traditional evidential apologetics and presentations. They have questions based on postmodern assumptions about life and reality. Addressing postmodernism must play a part in our introduction of Christ’s claims. The goal of any ministry will be to help people move from hostility toward God to love for Him (Deut. 6, 5).

We need to appreciate our common ground with the postmodern generation.
We need to comprehend the large amount of common ground we can share with the postmodern generation. There are several beliefs and values in postmodern culture that correspond partly or completely with a historical Christian worldview. These form a common ground where we can establish connection. For example:

Western culture is not progressing.
We, as Biblical Christians, have never believed that human society will usher in a perfect world. Evangelicals can agree with the postmodern generation on this theory. We can ask people, if technology is not taking us towards utopia, where are we heading? Modernism was very optimistic, postmodernism is not.

Concern about racism and fairness.
The postmodern generation is concerned about issues of race and gender. We too want these issues addressed, but what will be the standard for fairness and equality?

Concern for the ecology.
The postmodern generation is leading the charge against pollution. Christians should feel an even stronger stewardship of the planet. We can share in their desire for a cleaner and better world.

Emphasis on artistic creativity.
We can see that on Mars Hill, the Apostle Paul quoted the local culture’s poets, rather than from their prophets (Acts 17). Christians should employ creativity in seeing how voices from the culture can display the image of God, even if they don’t know it.

Relationship is all-important.
Postmodern generation highly value authentic community if they can find it. With our belief in a Triune God, we also see relationships at the heart of human experience.

James N. Spurgeon wrote:

'A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ.'

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